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LISTEN: Kelis & Skream collaboration
The Quietus , July 2nd, 2012 07:41

Dubstep poster boy takes another confident step into the mainstream

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Both in his own productions and as one third of Magnetic Man, Skream’s forays into the charts have become increasingly self-assured over the past couple of years.

It feels only right, then, that Ollie Jones should be collaborating with a bona fide, platinum-selling popstar. The news that the producer would be working on Kelis’ new album has been floating around for a while now - with the record apparently having “a real 1990s vibe” - but ‘Distance’ is the first concrete evidence of the pairing.

As Skream-does-pop goes, it’s certainly a damn sight classier than last year’s controversial, trance-leaning collaboration with Sam Frank, ‘Anticipate’. In fact, its sparse UK Garage chassis is one of the most understated things Skream’s put his name to in a while; the perfect framework on which to hang an angsty ballad of relationship paranoia. You can listen to ‘Distance’ below.

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Lora Tadine
Jul 2, 2012 12:15pm

I've already forgotten what it sounded like.

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